Barack Obama is such a well-known gun confiscator and opponent of gun rights that he was forced into a corner on the subject at a gathering of hand-picked supporters in Duryea, Pennsylvania. His answer to the question of whether he planned to push for a gun ban will be of little comfort to the millions of Pennsylvanians who value their 2nd Amendment rights.
“If you’ve got a gun in your house, I’m not taking it,’’ Obama said. But the Illinois senator could still see skeptics in the crowd, particularly on the faces of several men at the back of the room.
So he tried again. “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress,’’ he said. “This can’t be the reason not to vote for me. Can everyone hear me in the back? I see a couple of sportsmen back there. I’m not going to take away your guns.’’
If these are the defenses he’s able to offer at a gathering of supporters, it’s little wonder he’s afraid to take on John McCain in the series of town hall debates McCain has requested time and again.